Saturday, May 15, 2010

History will be made? No doubt.

The NHL playoffs this year are definitely making history in all sorts of ways - the Caps and Bruins would rather not be a part of it though.

Some tidbits:

Conference quarter-finals (round 1) -
1. 8th seeded Habs rally from a 3-1 series deficit to eliminate the President's Trophy winner, the Caps.
2. Top 3 seeded teams in the West advance to round 2 (Sharks, Hawks, and Canucks) while the bottom 3 seeded teams in the East survive another round (Bruins, Flyers, and Habs).

Conference semi-finals (round 2) -
1. Hawks eliminate the Canucks a year to the day on May 11, 2010 in pretty much the same fashion as they did in 2009.
2. Habs move onto the Eastern Conference finals eliminating the defending Stanley Cup champions, the Pens. "Giant Killers" is right.
3. The Flyers become the 3rd team in NHL history to rally back from a 3-0 series deficit to come back and win the series against the Bruins. 3-0 definitely aren't the Bruins' magic numbers (see game 7).
4. The top 2 seeded teams in the West will battle in out in the Western Conference final while the bottom 2 seeded teams will be duking it out in the East.

These are just the tidbits that stick out like a sore thumb. Who ever predicted that the Habs (who wouldn't even be in the playoffs if they were a part of the Western Conference) would see themselves in the Eastern Conference finals? How often do teams have ever blown 3-1 or 3-0 series leads? When was the last time a defenceman ever shot the puck in his own net only to rebound and lead all NHL defencemen in the playoffs in points? Would you ever even think that Johan Franzen was capable of scoring 4 goals in one game? The Flames and now Bruins, may be out, but this year's playoffs have been nothing short of unbelievable. History will be made; but for a lot of teams this year, I don't think they want to be part of history.

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